Risa Fragale Obituary

Risa R. Fragale
Risa R. Fragale

May 3, 1922 - February 8, 2018
Born in Vienna, Austria
Resided in Bluffton, South Carolina
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FRAGALE, RISA R. (nee Rechter)
February 8, 2018 age 95, beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Fragale, Sr.; dear mother of Joseph "Frank" (Kay) Fragale, Jr., and the late Marie Kraus; mother-in-law of Larry Kraus; loving grandmother of Mark (Julie) Fragale, John (Kristen) Fragale and Kris Kraus; great-grandma of Daegan, Calvin, Ryan, Nicholas, Mia and Kai; daughter of the late Sara and Jakob Rechter. There will be no prior visitation. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM at (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (cor. Parker). Interment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Tonawanda, NY. Family and friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made in Risa's memory to Tidewater Hospice Care, 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910. Risa and her parents, by way of Italy and Colombia South America, left her birth place of Vienna, Austria in 1934 to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews. Risa learned English and Japanese during her year in Japan. After a move to Shanghai, Risa moved to Manila, Philippines. In Manila, Risa met U.S. Army Air Corps Sgt. Joe Fragale. They married in August 1941. In December, Joe was ordered to report to Bataan. Joe was captured, endured the Death March and survived three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese. Joe Jr. was born in July, 1942. The family was united in October, 1945 in Buffalo. For many years Risa participated in many Holocaust Remembrances and POW/MIA events. Risa died peacefully in Memory Care at Bloom at Belfair, Bluffton, SC in the loving presence of her caregivers and hospice. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com




Tonawanda Chapel
2600 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY US 14150
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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Elmlawn Cemetery
3939 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY US 14217
Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Tidewater Hospice Care
10 Buckingham Plantation Drive
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910